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Success for our team in The Legal 500
29 Nov 2018

The fantastic work of our team has been successfully recognised in the latest guide to outstanding lawyers and law firms in the UK.

Five Partners are named as Leading Individuals in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500, with a further four lawyers making the list of up and coming Next Generation solicitors. The guide recommends an additional 26 members of the firm for their work in a variety of areas.

Those awarded the elite ranking are Corporate Lead Partner James Sage, Commercial Litigation Senior Partner Guy Birkett, and Craig Ridge who heads the Disputed Probate team, who are based in Wolverhampton.

Partner Niall Blackie, from the Planning department,  and Steven Corfield, Principal Development Partner for Agricultural Business, both from Shropshire, join their colleagues on the list.

Next Generation lawyers named in the guide are Wolverhampton Partner Charlotte Clode for Commercial Litigation and Associate Kimberly Mears from the contentious trusts and probate department. Telford-based Associate Suzanne Tucker is recognised for her work in the Planning sector alongside Partner David Preece for his work in the Corporate and Commercial team at the same office.

Four of our departments – commercial litigation, agriculture and estates, contentious trusts and probate, and family – received top tier rankings. We also received recommendations for our work in corporate and commercial, licensing, debt recovery, insolvency and corporate recovery, employment, personal injury,  personal tax, trusts and probate, education, commercial property and planning.

Managing Partner Kim Carr said: “The Legal 500 is an independent guide, and firms and individuals are recommended purely on merit.

“To have five Leading Individuals and four Next Generation lawyers featured on the list – as well as so many members of our team being singled out for individual praise – is a particularly pleasing result. It is a truly impartial recognition of the stellar service we deliver across a wide range of sectors.”

All FBC Manby Bowdler lawyers featuring in the 2018 Legal 500 Guide:

Agriculture and estates


Steven Corfield
Brian Aikman
Sarah Baugh
Suzanne Tucker
Tom Devey
Niall Blackie
Craig Ridge

Personal tax, trusts and probate


Andrew Vernon
Julie Burn
Margaret Rowe
Michelle Monnes-Thomas

Contentious trusts and probate


Craig Ridge
Kimberly Mears
Margaret Rowe
Philip Cowell

Insolvency and corporate recovery


Gareth Ruddock
James Sage

Corporate and commercial

James Sage
David Preece
Kam Johal
Stuart Rea

Commercial property


Andrew Wynne
David Grove
David Raymont
Stephen Burke
Charlotte Nutting

Commercial Litigation

Guy Birkett
Charlotte Clode
Gareth Ruddock
Brian Aikman

Debt recovery

Gareth Ruddock



Philip Cowell
Anne Thompson
Sara Morton
Sarah Millington

Personal injury


Adam Wilson
Sophie-Ann Bridges
Susan Todhunter
Tim Gray



Julia Fitzsimmons
Tracy Worthington




Niall Blackie
Suzanne Tucker


David Raymont
Stuart Rea